Between Giants - 10 Questions Music Interview
Updated: May 20, 2020
Between Giants is a DIY indie-rock band from Brooklyn. Fresh off their Independent Music Award for the ‘Best Pop Album’ of 2019, Between Giants is heading into 2020 with ever bigger aspirations including new material and a 21-city tour. The band is a trio, comprised of lead singer/guitarist Tyler John; keyboardist Hans Massaquoi; and drummer Pat Williams. Between Giants have cleared well over 800,000 streams across all platforms (with 30,000 monthly listeners located in multiple major US cities), landed massive sync deals with department stores and radio stations, scored a Netflix feature on the Japanese show “Terrace House” and much, much more. They have opened for heavy hitters such as Lydia, Kodaline, Drake Bell, Jon Bellion, Sea Girls, and The Rocket Summer, as well as nearly selling out every headliner they put together. Get to know Between Giants through 10 intriguing questions...
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Well first things first, my name is Tyler John the lead singer and guitarist of BG and I am so fucking thrilled to be being interviewed here. As for the catalyst not really - I always sucked at talking out my feelings, and for as long as I can remember I would write them down. Either songs or poetry! So maybe the catalyst was me being exceptionally miserable one day? Idk tho
Okay, Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Hearing one of my songs in a Bath & Body Works. One second I'm nose deep in a candle, the next I'm jumping up and down telling strangers that I'm the person singing over their speakers.
And what has been the high point of your music path? Was it Bath & Body Works, or something else...
Definitely when we won an Independent Music Award. Getting that sweet sweet industry validation felt so good. A lot of curators and exec's love shitting on people, and we certainly spent our fair share of time as the punching bag. So fuck them, ya know? Check out Between Giants latest single, "Sunset Cigarette."
Obviously your songs have received a lot of recognition and resonate with a lot of people. So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
There are exceptions, but almost all the time I just write when I feel like it. Whenever I have an overwhelming emotion I'm having trouble processing, I get to expressing and articulating it. Sometimes its a guitar line or piano melody, sometimes just a word or phrase. Just depends!
Let's take a break and watch "Questions for You."
You have achieved a lot of success. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Biggest challenge is the lack of industry support to development. A lot of potential and talent is being passed over because they want easy money and to sign someone just based off their numbers and how many tickets they can sell. That makes sense, but I just wish some place would take the time to really dig deep into the local scenes because its a damn shame how many gems get passed over.
We read you are starting a 21 city tour. If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
The 1975. I fucking love them, that's why.
You must be rehearsing a lot for this tour. What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We usually drink and screw around until it sounds good. Hans and Pat are both extremely talented, so they almost always have their shit together before even walking in the door. Never really takes us too long.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Hardest was definitely Dark, Bed Stuy, A lost of people probably haven't heard that one since it's deep in the album, but it was the first song I wrote when I dropped everything and moved to nyc to chase the dream. And holy shit it was such a pain in the ass. I just couldn't get it to sound right. Took almost a year before I got it where I wanted it. I just couldn't figure out what the issue was. Even now I still have no idea lol.
What's coming up in the future?
Yikes, literally everything. Two brand new singles "Play Dead" and "Sunset Cigarette" dropped on April 17th, we're going on a 21 day national headlining tour, and a bunch of other little things in between. Strap in, 2020 is gonna be sweet.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
I like Spotify the best for my own personal streaming service, so naturally I'm extremely biased and almost exclusively focus my time on our artist profile here as well. Check it, and I hope you dig our tunes:
Listen on Spotify
For more information on Between Giants, please visit their website.